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Lightning strikes California 1500 times in 5 mins

March 7, 2019 | Comment icon 6 comments



The Santa Barbara County Fire Department caught the lightning on camera. Image Credit: Twitter / SBCFireInfo
Parts of Southern California were relentlessly hammered by bolt after bolt of lightning earlier this week.
The spectacular storm produced a positively apocalyptic display over Los Angeles with over 1,500 individual lightning strikes being recorded off the coast over a single five-minute period.

Those who witnessed the storm wasted no time getting out their phones and uploading photographs and video footage of the lightning strikes on to social media.

According to the National Weather Service's office in Los Angeles, a weather system known as an "atmospheric river" was responsible for the extreme lightning and heavy rain over the region.
"Atmospheric rivers are relatively long, narrow regions in the atmosphere - like rivers in the sky - that transport most of the water vapor outside of the tropics," the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) explains on its website.

"These columns of vapor move with the weather, carrying an amount of water vapor roughly equivalent to the average flow of water at the mouth of the Mississippi River. When the atmospheric rivers make landfall, they often release this water vapor in the form of rain or snow."

Some video clips of the lightning from across the state can be viewed in the news report below.



Source: Fox News | Comments (6)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Gary Meadows 3 years ago
Definitely some kind of demon omen..
Comment icon #2 Posted by and then 3 years ago
No report of anyone being it? Impressive!
Comment icon #3 Posted by Herr Falukorv 3 years ago
I wonder if the guy in the car at 0:48-0:50 regretted his decision to take the car that day..
Comment icon #4 Posted by Nnicolette 3 years ago
I saw a storm like that in sacramento once about 10 years ago. It was this small localized bit that was nonstop striking. It was so scary that when i saw it coming i jumped in the car and drove home right before it got to me.
Comment icon #5 Posted by and then 3 years ago
My wife and I were out in Portland, OR for a conference one year and were on the interstate coming back from Crater Lake and got caught up in the most spectacular electrical storm I've ever witnessed. Talk about "shock and awe". I'd have been afraid to be on foot, in the open. Man, was it breathtaking.
Comment icon #6 Posted by joc 3 years ago


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